Vital Signs 2012 Holiday Gift From ACH

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A Newsletter for Employees & Friends of Arkansas Children’s Hospital
ACH and UAMS Open Centers for Children in Jonesboro
On Sept. 27, Arkansas Children’s Hospital and UAMS Department of Pediatrics opened the Centers for Children in Jonesboro with a news conference and ribbon-cutting featuring physicians, community leaders and patients. This new facility will
give families more opportunities to seek subspecialty care for
their kids right in northeast Arkansas, eliminating long trips to
Little Rock or Memphis.
Familiar faces are also a part of the Centers for Children
experience. Northeast Arkansas families have turned to Stephen
Bates, MD, for their children’s neurology care for several years.
He is now seeing patients as part of the UAMS/ACH Centers for
Children in Jonesboro. Patients of the neurology clinic at the
UAMS/ACH Centers for Children in Jonesboro will also be able
to undergo EEGs on-site that will be read by Dr. Stephen Bates.
The Centers also offers a monthly cardiology clinic, where
children with congenital heart defects will be evaluated and
treated. This clinic moved from its existing location at The Children’s Clinic in Jonesboro.
The institutions expect there will be between 1,500 and
2,000 visits to the neurology and cardiology clinics in the first
year at the Jonesboro facility. UAMS and ACH plan to offer additional clinics at the Jonesboro campus in the coming months
as well, all based on volume and feedback from the referring
physicians in the region.
The Centers’ opening marks an expansion of regional services offered by a unique UAMS and ACH collaborative. The
first Centers for Children location in Lowell opened in 2007 and
quickly grew to include multiple subspecialty services and a primary care clinic. UAMS and ACH are also partners in two dozen
individual subspecialty clinics throughout Arkansas.
“We want families to have excellent care available to their
children as close to their front doors as possible,” said ACH President and CEO Jonathan Bates, MD. “Through the Centers for
Children, ACH and UAMS are delivering these specialized services in more familiar environments, which means better outcomes
and happier, healthier children.”
The collaboration between UAMS and ACH results in a
strengthened coordinated system of care for children across the
state. Congratulations to UAMS and ACH on this remarkable
accomplishment for the families of northeast Arkansas!
As a “thank you” from ACH,
HoneyBaked Ham Store™ gift coupons
will be distributed to all ACH and UAMS
staff working at ACH. Packets containing
coupons and all ordering instructions will
be handed out by department managers
beginning Nov. 1.
Note: Please pre-order if you will be
picking up your gift on campus on one
of the two days available. We offer
hassle-free on-campus pickup to all ACH
Ways to pre-order your gift:
1. Pre-order your gift and pick it up on
the ACH campus starting Nov. 2. Visit Vital
Signs eNews for a web link to register for
2. Call the HoneyBaked Ham Store at
3. Email [email protected]
Visit the HoneyBaked truck on the
pick-up date and time selected when
you pre-ordered, either Monday, Nov. 19
or Tuesday, Nov. 20. Please note pickup
locations vary depending on the time on
Pick-up Locations and
Schedule on 11/19 and 11/20:
Patients Gracie and Gregory help Dr. Stephen Bates, Jonesboro representative L.M. Duncan, Dr. Jonathan Bates and Dr. Debbie Fiser cut the
ribbon at the new Centers for Children.
Department Spotlight:
Clinical Informatics
In August 2010, ACH began turning the vision of a Clinical Informatics department into a reality.
Jaye Henderson was hired as the Clinical Informatics director and the team continued to grow from
there. Currently the team has seven dedicated registered nurses, Peter Bruner, Brady Dixon, Barrett
Flagg, Darrel Kline, Kim Knod-Larcholey, Laura Meti and Aimee Motisi, who all came from clinical
areas within ACH and continue to practice at the bedside as part of their scheduled responsibility.
Simply stated, nursing informatics is a sub-discipline of health informatics that focuses on the
integration and use of information technology in the practice and delivery of nursing care. ACH’s
Clinical Informatics team assists in a wide range of clinical IT areas such as “at the elbow support”,
project planning, system development, standardization, education, quality reviews, training, research, reporting and overall communication related to safety, best practices and alerts. The team is
committed to quality care, patient safety and partnerships with various entities including technological and nursing leadership. The team continues to strive to improve system efficiency and effectiveness by reducing redundancy of functionality and looking for opportunities to improve clinical care
as a whole through these systems.
The team may be small in size, but continues to move mountains to ensure their fellow nurses
are educated and trained in advanced clinicals. In the month of September, the team trained 200
nurses in Med/Surg in just two weeks! The Clinical Informatics team has trained 76 percent of the
nursing staff for advanced clinicals with the remaining 24 percent scheduled for training in the upcoming months.
Clinical Informatics is consistently seeking new challenges and identifying resources and learning activities to enhance competence throughout the hospital. If you would like to contact the Clinical Informatics department, they are located on the fourth floor of the main hospital (across from the
STAT Team office) and can be reached at X43377 or by pager at 405-0740.
Front row, l to r:
Laura Meti, Jaye
Kim Knod Larcholey
and Aimee Motisi.
Back row, l to r:
Barret Flagg,
Peter Bruner and
Brady Dixon.
Not pictured:
Darrel Kline
2012 Holiday
Gift From ACH
Watch video
of the grand
opening news
conference on
Vital Signs
South Campus parking lot
near Children’s Hall entry
6:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.
South Campus parking lot
near Children’s Hall entry
11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
South Campus parking lot
near Children’s Hall entry
2:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
One Children’s Way St.
near the hospital front entrance
6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
One Children’s Way St.
near the hospital front entrance
10:00 p.m. – 11:30 p.m.
Wolfe St. Parking Lot Now Open
for Employee Parking
The parking lot on Wolfe St. located between 12th and 13th Streets is
now open for employee parking. The lot offers 88 parking spaces. Two call
boxes are available, and the lot is monitored by security cameras. Contact
Maintenance at X45929 with any questions.
voLunteer Corner
Friday, Dec. 14
8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
East Campus Lobby
Volunteer Services invites ACH employees, volunteers and donors to participate in
our Festival of Stars! This toy donation drive is a special time to deliver holiday donations for the patients of ACH.
Our Wish List (new items):
Crayons (8- or 16-pk)
Infant stacking rings
Infant socks
Sippy cups
Lego sets
Costume jewelry
Mr./Mrs. Potato Heads (sm & lg)
Model car glue & paint
Hot Wheels cars
Target gift cards
Small cars/trucks
Colored pencils
Reading books (new only)
Electronic hand-held games
Receiving blankets
Baby bottles (4, 6 and 8 oz)
Board books for infants
Board games/Dominoes/Mancala
Baby bath/shampoo (no powder)
Play-doh (name brand & generic)
Light & sound toys for infants
Model car & airplane sets
Infant grooming or safety care sets
Toys R Us gift cards
Disposable cameras
Walmart gift cards
MP3 players
Playing cards
Coloring books (non-holiday)
Etch-a-Sketches (all sizes)
Magna Doodles (all sizes)
Blocks (counting/sorting/stacking)
Action figures (non-violent)
Medical/Dr. play kits
Sports bottles/mugs
Lip gloss/make-up sets
Watercolor paint sets
Magnetic dart boards
iTunes gift cards
Teen gift items
Beanie Babies
Earbuds (small earphones)
Playing card games (Go Fish, Old Maid, Uno, etc.)
As always, due to safety and infection control concerns, all items must be new and
in original packaging. If you are interested in a more detailed hospital wish list, you may
visit and click on the Festival of Stars logo to download the full
list. Festival of Stars will help ensure that care, love, and hope are spread throughout
the hospital during the holiday season.
Music performances will also be held during the month of December. Information
has been sent to schools and organizations, but we are still looking for groups! If you
know of a group or individual who might be interested in performing, please contact
Melissa Wolfe at 364-1825 or by email at [email protected]
Foundation Features
Holiday Cards, Breakfast With Santa
and Miracle Ball 2012
Holiday Cards to Benefit ACH
This year, don’t just send a card…make a difference! Through the ACH Auxiliary Holiday
Card Project, cards and other miscellaneous items will be available now through Friday,
Dec. 14. Six patient-designed holiday cards and a card by featured artist Janice Lohstoeter
Hutchinson are currently on sale. Also available for purchase are
T-shirts, gift tags, ornaments and medical play kits for children.
All items are currently available at and at the Playaway Gift Shop. For more information, or to
purchase cards, contact the ACH Auxiliary at X41259.
Breakfast with Santa –
Saturday, Dec. 1
Get your wish list ready! Breakfast with
Santa, presented by Committee for the
Future, will be held from 7 a.m. to noon on
Saturday, Dec. 1 at Children’s Hall on the ACH
campus. Tickets are $10 in advance and $15
at the door. Entry to Breakfast with Santa will
include a pancake breakfast cooked by the
Little Rock Fire Department, a photo with the
jolly old man himself, activities, crafts and much, much more. All proceeds from Breakfast
with Santa benefit ACH. To purchase tickets, contact the ACH Foundation at X41476 or
Dr. James Koonce Invested in Pediatric
Dental Endowed Chair
In September, James Koonce, DDS,
was named the inaugural chairholder of the
Arkansas Children’s Hospital Auxiliary,
Frueauff and Windgate Endowed Chair in
Pediatric Dentistry. Dr. Koonce, the director
of dental services at ACH, was invested in
the endowed chair in a ceremony at ACH.
During the event, Dr. Koonce’s accomplishments and patient-centered care were
lauded by friends and colleagues.
The endowed chair, which was funded
through gifts from the ACH Auxiliary, the
Charles A. Frueauff Foundation and the
Windgate Charitable Foundation, will support the hospital’s dental health efforts at
the clinic and around the state.
During the ceremony, Dr. Koonce spoke
of the importance of this endowed chair.
“With this endowed chair, we want to do
the most for the children who have the
least,” he said. “We will make sure children
have access to care they need, through the
Dental Clinic at the hospital and through the
mobile dental program across the state. We
will lead research on the best ways to deliver
care to communities we want to reach, and
we will focus on educating the caregivers
who are treating our patients.”
2013 ACH Calendars
on Sale Now!
It’s time to place your order for the
2013 Arkansas Children’s Hospital Calendar.
“The Natural Gift of Healing” will highlight
patients and the new South Wing.
Pre-orders for departments, personal use
and gifts are now being taken in the gift shop.
Last day to pre-order is
Thursday, Nov. 8.
Order today!
South Wing,
ACH Designers Win
ASID Awards
The design of the South Wing won big
at the American Society of Interior Designers
(ASID) Awards! The ASID Awards represent
the highest level of professional recognition
bestowed by the design industry. In most instances, the awards recognize a body of work
created or product innovation and provide a
platform for identifying outstanding design.
The South Wing won gold (highest honor)
in the Healthcare category and the façade of
the Family Houses also won Gold in the Detail category. The hospital will receive a glass
award, and Kathryn Jones (left in photo) in ACH
Facilities Planning and Nancy Bounds (right in
photo) of Cromwell Architects will receive certificates as the project’s designers.
Congratulations to the Construction and
Facilities Management teams on these prestigious and well-deserved awards!
First Angel One 5K A Success
Miracle Ball – Saturday, Dec. 8
The 2012 Miracle Ball, presented by the ACH Auxiliary and the ACH Foundation, will be
held Saturday, Dec. 8 in Children’s Hall on the ACH campus. This year’s Miracle Ball will
be the official end to the hospital’s year-long celebration of 100 years of providing care,
love and hope to Arkansas children. Last year, the event raised more than $500,000 for
ACH! For more information, contact Holly Barron at X42092.
More than 350 people registered for the Angel One 5K, which raised $15,479 to benefit
the Social Work Emergency Fund that provides assistance to families to get back to home after
a visit to ACH. Great job to all involved on a successful event that will help our patients and
families as they travel home!
Honoring Nurses at ACH:
ExceLLence in Nursing Awards
Nurses Week 2013
Arkansas Children’s Hospital will recognize extraordinary nurses and a “friend of
nursing” during the Excellence in Nursing Awards ceremony on May 7, 2013. Nominations will open Nov. 1, 2012, for the following awards: Clinical RN of the Year, LPN
of the Year, APN of the Year, Nursing Leader of the Year, Nursing Educator of the Year,
Excellence in Research, Excellence in Teamwork, Friend of Nursing and the Spirit of ACH
Help us honor those outstanding individuals who go above and beyond to contribute to nursing here at ACH! Complete your nominations at
by Jan. 1, 2013.
ACH Helps Race for the Cure
Rosi Smith, ACH government relations director, has been awarded KLRE/KUAR’s Beverly Ann Lacefield Award for Outstanding Service! The award honors selected persons for exceptional service to
public radio in central Arkansas. A volunteer and member of the
Friends of KLRE/KUAR since 1997 (serving as the group’s board
president in 2005-2006), Rosi has participated in over 20 on-air
fund drives. She and Max Brantley of the Arkansas Times are consistently the highest producing on-air team with an average shift
total of $17,000 in pledges. Congratulations, Rosi, on this wellearned award!
Dr. Timothy Martin, chief of Anesthesiology at ACH, has
been promoted to associate editor of Anesthesia & Analgesia, the
principal journal for pediatric and subspecialty anesthesiology.
Congratulations, Dr. Martin, on this accomplishment!
The ACH Public Relations, Marketing and
Media Services departments have brought
home a lot of “bling” this
awards season! At the
International Association
of Business Communicators/Arkansas chapter’s Bronze Quill Awards, ACH PR and the
ACH Foundation were honored with 24 total awards (12 Awards of Excellence and 12
Merit Awards). In addition, ACH PR received six Diamond Awards from the Arkansas Hospital Association and two Prism Awards from Public Relations Society of America/Arkansas
chapter. Hearty congratulations to the team for this recognition!
Several ACH team members took part in the 2012 Komen Race for the Cure held in downtown Little Rock Oct. 20. ACH participants sported a special t-shirt to show their ACH pride
while walking for a cure. Great job, team!
Fitness Center Info
Redeem Your Travel to Wellness Points
Need extra money? Is there a special gift you would like to buy yourself? Employees
have been accumulating Travel to Wellness points by participating in wellness activities like
the biometric screenings, health assessments, being smoke-free and visiting their doctor.
These points can be redeemed for gift certificates! Go to and click on
‘My Rewards’ to see how many points you have accumulated, then make a plan to reach
500 points for a $25 gift certificate or 1,000 points for a $75 gift certificate!
Did you know you earn…
• 75 points for annual wellness exam
• 50 points for participating in Walktober
• 25 points for participating in community fitness activities like Race for the Cure
• 25 points for visiting your dentist
To self-report activities, email [email protected] by Dec. 1. Also make
sure you check the website frequently to earn more points and redeem your gift cards
before Dec. 7.
Get Healthy this Holiday Season:
Participate in the Holiday Challenge
Join the Fitness Center in a Holiday Challenge!
November 19th-January 14th
Weigh in: November 12th-19th
Weigh out: January 7th-14th
Register using the Training System under the Wellness tab on Team ACH, or sign up at
the East Campus Fitness Center front desk from November 1 – 19. Maintain your weight
over this 8-week program and win a prize and the chance to win gift cards! The top three
participants with the highest percentage of weight loss will receive a $50 gift card. After
registering, you will also receive healthy holiday recipes and weekly challenges to help you
along the way. Email Becky Wade at [email protected] if you would like Fitness Center
staff to come to your department for group weigh-ins.
Dr. Bob Morrow, senior vice president and medical director
for ACH, will receive the 2013 Worthen-Cornett Award from the
Arkansas chapter of the American Heart Association at the organization’s annual Central Arkansas Heart Ball. The selection for the
award is based upon personal participation and support of the
American Heart Association, as well as dedication to the general
health of the community. Congratulations, Dr. Morrow, on this
well-deserved award!
Congratulations and thank you to Matthew Pearson, chief quality officer, who ran the Arkansas Traveler 100-mile run and raised
over $600 for ACH! Job well done!
Nurse Week Recognized by Governor
ACH perioperative staff
joined representatives from
three hospitals to commemorate Governor Mike Beebe’s
proclamation of Perioperative
Nurse Week, Nov. 5 – 12. Representing ACH at this event were Sandy Prott, clinical educator; Tammy Roberson, RN III; Shaneca Summage, RN III; Lea Woodrow, RN-IV-specialty
nurse; Nancy Boykin, RN II; and Elizabeth Dover, sterile processing supervisor.
ACH thanks all perioperative nurses for their contribution to providing care, love and
hope each and every day!
The Injury Prevention Center (IPC) at Arkansas Children’s Hospital won two International Media Safety Awards (IMSA) in the print category at the World Safety Conference
in New Zealand recently. Mary E. Aitken, MD, MPH, attended and presented at the
conference on the economic burden of all-terrain vehicle related adult deaths in the U.S.
The IPC submitted two entries to the IMSA: Chicks Dig It, an advertisement promoting
proper attire and gear when using an all-terrain vehicle and Faith’s Ad, an advertisement
promoting teen seatbelt use. Chicks Dig It won Honorable Mention and Faith’s Ad won
the silver award in the print category. Congratulations, team, on these fantastic awards!
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Challenge Yourself at Boot Camp 2013
Boot Camp 2013 offers a fun and challenging environment where you will learn
to push yourself to higher levels of physical and mental toughness. No matter your fitness level, this 12-week indoor program is just right for you! Classes will consist of cardio, resistance training, agility, plyometrics and stretching. Get the official 2013 Boot
Camp t-shirt after completing 20 classes. Start the year off right and enlist now! Register
Nov. 5 – 30 and save $10 on pre-registration. Come by the East Campus Fitness Center
today to sign up or give the Fitness Center a call at X41088 if you have any questions.
“The only way of finding the limits of the possible is by going beyond them into the
Arthur C. Clarke
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Betty Clemons • Physician Access Line
1. What is it about ACH that has motivated you to
work here for so long? My coworkers; I have worked in
two departments in my 25 years, NICU and now Physician
Services. My coworkers have been like family to me from my
being sick to losing my mom and dad. They were there all the
way, and I could not ask for a better place to work.
2. What are your special interests outside of work? My church activities, my
children and my grandchildren.
3. If Hollywood made a movie about your life, whom would you like to see
play you in the lead role? I would like for Patty Labelle to play me.
4. What is one fun fact about you that few people know? I am a prankster and
love to play tricks on people (especially my grandkids).
5. If you could trade places with any other person for a week – famous or not,
living or dead – with whom would it be? If I could trade places with someone it
would be Michelle Obama; can you imagine being married to the president of the USA?
6. If you were a raindrop, where is the one place that you’d want to land?
Heaven or on the moon.
7. What is the best advice you ever received? The advice my Mom always told me
that I try to live by: Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.
November Anniversaries
5 years
Whitney Baldwin
Francesco Battistone
Sarah Beliew
Layne Bourland
Cyndi Coleman
Samantha David
Brandy Fuller
Heather Gay
Jan Glidewell
Damon Irvin
Mark Matteson
Gloria Nelson
Katarica Nunn
Danny O’Kelley
Laura Phillips
Erika Ramos
Erica Randall
Shellee Robbins
Chuck Stalyons
Liz Walker
Marsha Webb
Elizabeth Weber
10 years
Kichelle Barnes
Ava Caradine
Onico Criner
Julie Gentry
Kristi Gibbs
Anthony Kloski
Constance Madden
Brooke Melvin
Betty Nix
Danny Phillips
Beth Pigue
Charlotte Rallings
Willie Williams
Vicki Wynne
Dana Young
15 years
James Bellcock
Tom Bonner
Michael Miguet
2012 United Way Campaign
November 1 - November 30
For more information on how you can participate, keep an eye on your e-mail inbox starting
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the campaign
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such as
MyACH. If you have questions regarding the ACH campaign contact Catherine Robinson
Scouts of America, Camp Aldersgate, Goodwill Industries of Arkansas,
20 years
Janet Bryant
Audrey Buckner
25 years
Betty Clemons
Kay Fellone
Karen Mackey
the YMCA and many other worthwhile agencies from which our patients
Can You Find the Differences?
(and in some cases you) directly benefit.
So, let’s Live United… and give! For more information on how you can
participate, keep an eye on your e-mail inbox
starting November 1st. This year the campaign
is electronic. Simply click on the “Jump to”
button on MyACH.
Questions regarding the ACH campaign?
Editor’s Note: Each month, employees and staff who are celebrating milestone
anniversaries at ACH are invited to share their experiences with Vital Signs. Those who
agree to be interviewed are featured on this page on a first-come, first-served basis.
Contact Catherine Robinson 4-5445
For more information on the United Way, visit
This photo is the from the Centers for Children in Jonesboro press conference. (See
article on the front page.) Can you spot the 10 differences between the two photos? For
a list of the differences check Vital Signs eNews!
2012 EmpLoyee Survey Prize Winners
Congratulations to the 2012 Employee Survey participant prize winners! 70% participation was a sign of great support, and we thank all of you who participated in this year’s
Employee Survey. For a list of the prizes and prize winners log onto Vital Signs eNews.
New Arrivals
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October ACH Employee Centennial Trivia Winner:
Janice Crook
Congratulations to Janice Crook, secretary III in the Orthopedic Clinic, for winning
October’s edition of the ACH employee Centennial trivia! Janice correctly answered
that the nature-themed lobby at ACH debuted in August
2004. Janice has won a Centennial-themed prize from
the Playaway Gift Shop!
For your chance to win, submit your answer
to the trivia question below to Ginny Hensley
in the Public Relations department at
[email protected]!
Question: The first two surgical procedures completed at the Arkansas
Children’s Home Society were performed
in 1926. What type of surgeries were
Hop in the time machine located at to find the answer!
Stephanie Rockett, CVICU nursing director, and her husband, Chad,
welcomed baby boy Brooks Brandon on Sept. 26. He weighed seven pounds,
four ounces. Congratulations, Stephanie and Chad, on the birth of your baby boy!
Vital Signs
Vital Signs is published monthly for the employees, staff and volunteers of
Arkansas Children’s Hospital, 1 Children’s Way,
Little Rock, Arkansas, 72202-3591; (501) 364-1100.
President/Chief Executive Officer: Jonathan Bates, MD
Senior Vice President & Chief Operating Officer: David Berry
Senior Vice President for Medical Affairs & Chief Medical Officer: W. Robert Morrow, MD
Director of Communications: Dan McFadden, APR
Manager of Publications: Michael Spigner
Editor: Ginny Hensley
Photographer: Kelley Cooper
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